Return a payment - Canada Dental Benefit

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Why you may need to repay

If you made a mistake or your situation changed after you applied for the Canada Dental Benefit, you may no longer be eligible. You will have to return any amounts you were not eligible for.

If your child was eligible and their dental costs were less than you received, you do not need to return any unused amounts.


Determine if you need to repay benefit amounts

Choose the situation that applies to you:

  • Your child's appointment was moved or they did not go

    Will your child still receive dental care between October 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023?

    • Yes
    • No
    • Not sure
  • You received a letter from the CRA

    What type of letter did you receive?

    • Notice of redetermination
    • Request for information
    • Not sure
  • Your child had access to a private dental insurance plan

    When did your child go to their dental appointment?

    • Before I applied

      Did your child have access to dental insurance when they went to their appointment?

      • Yes
      • No
    • After I applied

      Did your child have access to dental insurance when you applied?

      • Yes
      • No
    • Both before and after I applied
  • Your child's dental costs were covered by another government program

    Does the other government program cover all of your child's dental costs?

    • Yes
    • No
    • Unsure
  • You did not meet the eligibility criteria
  • None of the above

If you provide false or misleading information

If you are found to have misrepresented or concealed essential information to make a claim, you will be ineligible for the benefit amounts you received and cannot apply again. You will have to return any payments you received.

Penalties may also be applied for knowingly providing false or misleading information.

If you think you made an honest mistake, you can repay the benefit.

How to repay

If you were not eligible for the Canada Dental Benefit, you must return the amount you received for each child who was not eligible.

  1. Find out how much you received

    To confirm your amounts received:

  2. Determine how much to repay

    The benefit paid a set amount for each child. You must return the amount you received for each child who was not eligible. The amount you received per child depended on your adjusted family net income.

    Benefit amounts per eligible child

    Adjusted family net income Full custody amount Shared custody amount
    less than $70,000 $650 $325
    $70,000 to $79,999 $390 $195
    $80,000 to $89,999 $260 $130
  3. Make a repayment

    You can make your repayment to the CRA online, by mail, or in person.

    For options, go to make a payment.

    If you have the original cheque

    You should only return the original cheque if you need to repay the full amount. You may return it by mail to the address below.

    • Revenue Processing – Repayment of Canada Dental Benefit
      Sudbury Tax Centre
      1050 Notre Dame Avenue
      Sudbury ON P3A 0C3

    Be sure to include:

    1. The reason for returning the cheque ("not entitled" or "overpayment")
    2. Your Social Insurance Number (SIN)

    If you cannot pay in full

    The CRA does not charge interest on Canada Dental Benefit debts.

    If you need more time to repay

    Contact the CRA to help you arrange to pay your debt over time.

    If the CRA has already contacted you about your debt, get details for the collection of overpayments.

    If you do not repay

    If you are unable to pay your debt right now or unable to pay it at all, contact the CRA to discuss your options.

    The CRA may keep all or a portion of future payments, income tax refunds, or goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) credits until your balance owing is repaid.

    This may also apply to other federal, provincial, and territorial programs that the CRA administers.

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